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Royal Irish Academy of Music

Photo: Colm Hogan

Royal Irish Academy of Music

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Saturday 13 October, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Number 36 Westland Row, located in the Georgian Quarter of Dublin, had been the home of the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 1871. This fine Georgian four bay house has a granite façade at ground-floor level and red brick above with granite quoins on both corners. The tall windows of the first floor have surrounds of Portland Stone. Some of the original features which remain today include: the lamps on the front steps, the brass-bound lock and drop handle on the front door, mahogany doors, some marble chimney-pieces, the chair-rails and a beautiful stone staircase. An unusual feature of the rooms on the first floor is the pewter decoration on the skirting boards, chair-rail, door-cases and window-cases. The only other known house in Dublin to have this is the University Club at 17 St Stephen’s Green. The Royal Irish Academy of Music will offer short performances at the end of each tour.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Last tour at 4pm.

Designed by: Nicholas Tench
Building Date: 1770s
Location: 36 Westland Row, Dublin 2

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